Spear Tackler's Spine Research Paper

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Spear Tackler 's Spine With Rehab

Spear tackler’s spine is an injury in which the spine loses its normal curve , and the spine in the neck (cervical spine) becomes unusually narrow. This happens when you use the "spear" tackling technique, in which the head is the first point of contact. Spear tackler 's spine can also damage nerves and soft tissue near the cervical spine.
You may not participate in contact sports while you have this condition. In some cases, the spine may return to its normal shape, and return to contact sports may be considered. However, athletes with this condition have a higher risk of injury.

CAUSES
This condition is caused by a combination of the following:
• A direct, forceful hit or injury (trauma) to
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• Medicines that relax your muscles.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
If You Have a Cervical Collar:
• Do not remove the collar unless instructed by your health care provider.
• Ask your health care provider before making any adjustments to your collar.
• If you are allowed to remove the collar for cleaning or bathing, follow your health care provider’s instructions on how to do so safely.
• Keep your collar clean by wiping it with mild soap and water and drying it completely. If the collar you have been given includes removable pads, remove them every 1–2 days and hand wash them with soap and water. Allow them to air dry. They should be completely dry before you wear them in the collar.
• If you are allowed to remove the collar for cleaning and bathing, wash and dry the skin of your neck. Check your skin for irritation or sores. If you see any, tell your health care provider.
• Do not drive while wearing the collar.
Managing Pain, Stiffness, and Swelling
• If directed, apply ice to the injured area:
○ Put ice in a plastic bag.
○ Place a towel between your skin and the bag.
○ Leave the ice on for 20 minutes, 2–3 times per
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Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
Exercise B: Cervical Side Bend
1 Using good posture, sit on a stable surface or stand.
2 Without moving your shoulders, slowly tilt your right / left ear to your shoulder until your feel a stretch in your neck muscles. You should be looking straight ahead.
3 Hold for __________ seconds.
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
Exercise C: Cervical Rotators
1 Using good posture, sit on a stable surface or stand.
2 Keeping your eyes level with the ground, slowly turn your head to one side as if you are looking over your shoulder. Stop when you feel a stretch along the side and back of your neck.
3 Hold for __________ seconds.
Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.
Exercise D: Neck Circles
1 Using good posture, sit on a stable surface or stand.
2 Slowly roll your head in a circle. Do this in a clockwise or a counter-clockwise direction.
3 Repeat the motion 10–20 times, or as many times as is comfortable for you.
Repeat __________ times. Complete the exercise __________ times per day.
STRENGTHENING

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